Paul Mariner, former England and Ipswich striker dies from brain cancer

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The death has been announced of former England and Ipswich striker Paul Mariner who had been battling brain cancer.

Mariner, aged 68, began his career at Plymouth Argyle and was a member of their FA Cup winning side of 1978 and the team that won the UEFA Cup in 1981. He had 35 caps for England, scoring 13 goals for his country between 1977 and 1985.

Brain Tumour Research spokesman Hugh Adams said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Paul Mariner and with those who admired him as a footballer and as a man.

“There is added poignancy to today’s sad news as so many of us look forward to tomorrow’s Euro final. Many will stop to remember Paul and as we do so we remember so many others whose lives have been cut short by this dreadful, indiscriminate disease. We must #StopTheDevastation. RIP Paul – a true sporting hero.

“It’s a tragic fact that brain tumours are indiscriminate and can affect anyone at any age and that this devastating disease kills more men under 70 than prostate cancer.”

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